What a way to see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! You felt just like a pioneer from days gone by. As regular hikers from the UK we thought it would be a good idea to stay in the National Park instead of being outside. This was certainly a good choice. Having seen the South Rim, hiked the trails extensively, hiked down the Canyon and camped it was now the turn of the North Rim. We spent part of the day hiking the Widforss Trail, a good hike and relatively easy. We had however finished our hike before check in time so took a drive to the breathtaking Cape Royal.
Check in was extremely efficient. There was no queue and Nancy checked us in very quickly. She was great, a real delight to talk to and a pleasure to deal with. We had booked into one of the Pioneer Cabins, a two bedroom cabin with a bathroom. Our cabin was not far from the car park, number 132. Upon entry we couldn't help but smile. The cabins are so rustic in style, the furniture is all wooden, the decor is charming and the place spotlessly clean. (Very "Little House on the Prairie") One feature some may not likes the lack of television, but in all honesty, you do not need a television with the Grand Canyon on your doorstep and a good choice of Ranger programs. We experienced an interpretive talk about the night sky and had the opportunity to star gaze through the most amazing telescope.
The cabin featured a queen bed in one room and bunk beds in the other with a futon that converted to further bed if needed. We used this as a sofa. The bathroom featured a toilet, washbasin and shower, toiletries provided. There was also a refrigerator and coffee machine supplied.
We took our own food in with us so cannot comment on the restaurant or deli, but they certainly looked busy.
The cabins are excellently located to visit the North Rim and would recommend getting up early to see the sunrise from Bright Angel Point - beautiful. An excellent choice of accommodation and we would like to visit again in the future. The North Rim is a lot less crowded than the South.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The more remote North Rim offers up its beauty and solitude to those willing to make a little longer trek to cooler temperatures and greener vegetation of the Grand Canyon's less visited rim. Time means little here in this Nirvana for nature lovers…abundant forest beauty and wrap-around scenic splendor as sheer walls hold in the Colorado River a mile below. The only developed lodging within the National Park’s North Rim boundaries this historic treasure has cabins and lodging tucked into the trees and dotting the canyon edge. The historic dining room with wall to ceiling windows gives diners the unique opportunity to take in the Canyon's views and tasteful regional and sustainable delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended. For guests seeking a unique remembrance of their visit to this special place, there is a gift store and convenience store located at the North Rim. Authentic Native American handcrafts, jewelry and merchandise that is U.S.A. made by local and regional artists provide an array of gift items for guests to the Grand Canyon. Smell the pines, listen to the fluttering leaves of quaking aspen, and keep an eye out for a California condor, the largest bird in North America. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open from mid May to mid October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Canyon Grand Lodge North Rim